I am a historian of Russia and the former Soviet Union. My interests include the history of cities and urban planning; the history of architecture and visual culture; and modern transnational history. My first book looks at Soviet skyscraper building in Moscow during the Stalin era. It examines how the construction of eight skyscrapers in Moscow after 1947 fundamentally reshaped daily life in the Soviet capital. Currently, I am working on a new project about the Soviet Institute for “Pictorial Statistics”—a department created in the early 1930s that sought to render complex economic and planning ideas into images that could be readily understood by all Soviet citizens. This research places Soviet activity in an international context to show how modern states attempted to resolve challenges of mass communication and to create literate, informed, and engaged publics in the twentieth century. I am also working on a short book called Making Cities Socialist that will be published as part of the Cambridge Elements in Global Urban History series.
Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital (Princeton University Press, 2020)
“The Fall of the Zariad’e: Monumentalism and Displacement in Late Stalinist Moscow,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 21:1 (2020)
Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016 (declined)
Michael I. Gurevich Prize in Russian History, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-14